UNION, NJ – Less than one week after starting its inaugural season, the Westfield High School Boys Varsity Volleyball team won its first game.
The team was designated as a varsity team in November, after the former club team appealed to the board of education. They lost to Summit on Monday and defeated Union on Tuesday.
“The team very excited,” coach Jay Cook said. “They knew that Union was a very good team - they are tall, athletic and very well coached. They knew going in that if we were going to be successful, we had to minimizes our mistakes and we executed well.”
The win was significant to Cook, as well.
“As a coach, I'm really happy for the players,” he said. “They worked really hard to make this a varsity program and put in a great deal of time in the off season and preseason to make themselves better. So to see all that hard work pay off was very gratifying as a coach.”
The win was hard-earned, Cook said. Both sets went back and forth, with the first set going to extra points.
“There were some great rallies from both teams and some very exciting play,” Cook said. “Some of the standouts were Cory Billings with seven kills and seven blocks, Julian Trott with 11 kills and three service aces, Elijah Soh with 11 digs and David Broughton with 14 assists and eight digs.”
According to Cook, the team’s success relies on how well they pass and receive serves.
“The players are starting to buy into defense being the most effective way to start a good offense,” Cook said. “In practice, I try to emphasize the mechanics needed to be a good passer and trying to communicate effectively on the court with one another.”
The WHS Boys Varsity Volleyball team will face Linden in an away game on Tuesday, April 17.